GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Speaker to address plastics, the trash that won’t go away
July 4, 2019


Judith Enck, former regional EPA administrator and current adjunct professor at Bennington College, will talk about "Plastics ... the trash that will not go away," at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Lake Placid Convention Center.

The Garden Club of Lake Placid is joining the Adirondack Garden Club to sponsor this presentation, which is free and open to the public. Break-out sessions will follow when smaller groups can brainstorm local solutions to the plastics crisis. Cold drinks will be served during the meeting and snacks are available to buy at the Gold Medal Cafe between the ice sheets.

Please call Mary Merrill at 518-523-2933 or email ( as soon as possible, as she a needs a count of those attending for set-up.

The following week, the Interlaken sponsors the third Triangle Garden session at 4 pm, Wednesday, July 24, opposite the North Elba Show Grounds. Volunteers added zinnias, marigolds and red salvia last month(just before a downpour) to contrast with the blue lupines, which made a splash of color for our equestrian friends.

We marched in the Fourth of July parade thanks to a decorated float and organization by Claire Thayer. Our community always gives us encouragement and enthusiasm. We also celebrated the holiday by making "Red, White & Blue" flower arrangements with Elderwood of Uihlein residents who could take them back to their rooms. Then on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, some of us will be parading around the lovely Wigmore gardens in Saranac Lake.

The John Brown Farm State Historic Site hosted our meeting last month and featured environmentalist Karen Crowningshield leading a nature walk. We also had a successful plant/arrangement swap so those who brought one could leave with an entirely new one.

Route 86 from 'dack Shack to Old Military Road was picked up for the second time this season. Denise and Richard Erenstone were joined by Joan Barton, Faith Brown, Diane Collins, Kathie Hagner and Claire Thayer for this dirty work. Sally Urban has the Kate Smith Garden at the fountain blooming. Sally Stoerr's crew has given attention to the Memorial Garden at Elderwood of Uihlein. Faith Brown, Joan Barton and I are planning to expand the pollinator garden at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and have already given a hand to longtime volunteers Keela Rogers and Nancy Shurtleff at the Lake Placid Public Library lakeside gardens.

Are you ever confused about how to maintain your garden? Is this a plant or a weed? Do I dare pull it out? Here are a few silly tips that may not be so silly after all: When in doubt, pull it out!

Grow or go!

When it is yellow, let it mellow. When it turns brown, prune it down.

Many of you could add to above. If you have a tip to share, please call or email me (518-837-5108 or Until next month, enjoy tending your garden alone, with a family member or a friend. Our theme is "Flowers, Friends & Fun" for 2019 and 2020. For more details, please check our We do appreciate any help you can give us.


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